The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a problem. And in this case, what's bad for the goose manager is good for the hunter. Soaring populations of resident Canada geese have resulted in special early seasons that present a great opportunity to start the fall with a bang. Daily bag limits during these so-called "nuisance" seasons often exceed those of the regular season, and the shooting can be fast and sustained. Although resident Canadas are fundamentally the same birds as migratory Canadas, they require slightly different hunting tactics. The most important of these is pre-hunt scouting. "These geese live in a given area year-round and know exactly where they want to feed," says Maine goose guide Dave Hentosh of Smoldering Lake Outfitters (207-429-0910). "You can't just set up in any field along a flyway and expect resident geese to come and give you a look. Residents have specific daily patterns, and you have to learn them to be successful."